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6/30/2017 | 4:06:10 PM
EVery so often
"Under intent-based networking, the network configures itself based on what outcome the user or operator wants."

This pops up every few years. I remember reading about this in the 80's. Still not here. If you include science fiction movies, then it goes back to the 50's.
6/30/2017 | 10:31:24 AM
Cisco & intent-based networking
"Cisco's intent-based networking is a home-grown recipe, created just for Cisco's portfolio."

And what about the others ?!!!


6/21/2017 | 5:12:26 PM
Re: Cisco & Intent
As you say Craig, Cisco didn't invent intent. Juniper have been banging on about this for some time. Sounds magical to me. But then as Clarke's third law states: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
6/20/2017 | 10:11:51 PM
Re: Cisco & Intent
@Craig: I think one thing we need to keep in mind as well is that Cisco has made a number of acquisitions in the last few years that are helping to push the company to this point. The one that comes to mind is AppDynamics, which is supposed to add a layer of intelligence and machine learning to the network and help move this process along. 
Craig Matsumoto
Craig Matsumoto
6/20/2017 | 7:14:26 PM
Cisco & Intent
The big-picture point to note is that "intent" isn't just a Cisco thing. The industry has been talking about this direction for a few years, and I've been assuming that intent-based networking would be a cornerstone of future networks. 

Cisco has developed its own technology, so it's going to be interesting to see whether the rest of the industry starts building something even more open.

This was a whirlwind event, so I'm still missing some details, such as: How does intent get communicated to the Cisco software? The models I've heard about have been aiming toward using normal language for communicating intent. I'm guessing it's going to be a while before we get there, but something GUI- or menu-based seems reasonable.

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